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September – November 2014 Update

I want to wish all of the RWBJV Partners a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The RWBJV partnership just completed our annual reporting and Federal Fiscal Year 2014, and it was our most successful ever. As a partnership we leveraged $5.6 million dollars and impacted over 10,200 acres. These

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June – August 2014 Update

Grants, grants, and more grants. With enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill, there have been a variety of new funding opportunities available to the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partnership (RWBJV). The partnership has continued to pursue the traditional funding sources as well. The following is an overview of some of

March – May 2014 Update

Spring migration has come and gone, but we made the most of this migration with numerous tours for agency staff, corporate sponsors, and several potential new partners who are interested in contributing to the RWBJV.  Thanks to all of the partners who helped make these tours a success.  Here is

November 2013 – January 2014 Update

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I believe December was one of the coldest and driest on record for Grand Island. It looks like habitat could be somewhat limited again this spring despite our wet fall. Everything can change pretty quickly though, so let’s hope for a few wet

July – September 2013 Update

Duck season is here, and the timely rains have provided more water than we have had in several years.  As the birds arrive, they will find great habitat conditions.  It has been very rewarding watching the RWBJV partners implement the Habitat Management Initiative.  Based on an initial assessment, conditions have

April – June 2013 Update

I hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July.  With the wet spring wetland restoration projects were slowed, but it appears we are going to have a hot dry summer.  This should allow the RWBJV partners to resume what could be one of the busiest habitat restoration and management seasons

January – March 2013 Update

The birds have arrived and departed the basins several times this spring.  Each time the birds head north, another late spring storm forces them back to central Nebraska.  Despite the limited habitat on the landscape, the basins have been loaded with waterfowl, this spring.  Although drought conditions have resulted in

October-November 2012 Update

Happy Holidays to all the RWBJV Partners. This year marks one of our most successful years for the partnership, despite record commodity and land prices. This year the RWBJV leveraged 4.1 million dollars in federal and nonfederal funds to impact 6,310 acres in the 21 counties associated with the Rainwater Basin

July – September 2012 Update

There has been a striking nip in the air the last several days. I am looking forward to fall and the upcoming hunting seasons. Hopefully the wetlands will catch some timely rains; with record production on the breeding grounds we just need water – could be some fantastic hunting opportunities

May – June 2012 Update

With the drought conditions, construction projects have been in full swing.  Thanks to all of the partners that have made this a successful year. Projects The RWBJV partners were able to develop seven perpetual conservation easements this year as part of two Nebraska Environmental Trust grants.  These easements protect just

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